Christi’s Tomato Basil Pie

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Christi’s Tomato Basil Pie
Pie crust
Cheese (Swiss, Mozzarella, or Monterrey Jack)
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Garlic
Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh Basil
Ritz Crackers

Bake a pie crust. Cool. Cover the bottom with cheese: Swiss, Mozzarella, or Monterrey Jack.
Slice tomatoes thick, salt and drain on paper towels.Layer on top of the cheese.
Add a generous amount of fresh Basil on top of the tomatoes. (1 Cup or more)
Combine 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise, 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 2 cloves of garlic minced. Cover the tomatoes with this mixture.
Top with crushed Ritz cracjers,
Bake 325-350 for 40-45 minutes.

Basil Lemonade

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Basil Lemonade

Combine the following and chill for 8 hours. Strain. Good for up to 3 days.
12 Cups cold water
2/ 12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/3 Cup sugar
¼ lime juice
½-1 Cup fresh basil leaves, rubbed between your hands and torn
To serve: Place ice cubes in a tall glass and garnish with lemon slices and fresh basil springs. Purple basil or cinnamon basil can also be used.

Easy Crusted Coriander Tilapia

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Crusted Coriander Tilapia recipe

6 Tilapia filets, pat dry with a paper towel before dredging in herb rub.
Rub: 1/4 Cup coarse ground Coriander seeds, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt.
After rubbing this mixture on both sides of each fish filet, saute in olive oil for 4 minutes until done. Fish filets are cooked when the flesh appears opague white.

Cilantro Pesto

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Cilantro Pesto Recipes

Process all of the ingredients in a Food Processor or Bullet. Serve with crackers or your favorite Mexican entree.

Garden Visits

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Spring at Longwood Garden 2017
Blue Poppies

The Glasshouse Conservatory

Photos by member, Barb Armstrong




Keukenhof Gardens, Holland

Keukenhof means kitchen. These world renowned Spring gardens started out as a kitchen garden. The original residence can still be seen on the property. Here are some of member, Fran Wilhelm’s favorite photos from her trip to Holland last Spring.

This mass planting greets visitors at the entrance of the exhibit. A great place for a photo op.

Every year the bulbs are dug up and replanted in a different pattern.

           Modern art designed in tulips.